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Rock'n'roll goes down well

Published: 10:09AM Saturday January 21, 2006 Source: RNZ/Interactive

While Big Day Out headliners Iggy and the Stooges are famed for their punk attitude, the crowds attending the annual music festival on Friday were minding their manners.

Police and ambulance workers report a relatively quiet night, dealing with a smaller-expected-crowd of 35,000. 

There were 13 arrrests during the festival's 13 hours- fewer than in previous years.

St John Ambulance Service says 720 people were treated for minor injuries, while three people were taken to hospital for a discolated knee, a dislocated elbow and an ankle injury. 

The venue was pelted by a heavy downpour for an hour and a half on Thursday, but blue skies returned for the big day.

The Big Day Out is the largest event on New Zealand's musical calendar.

US Indies rockers The White Stripes returned for their second BDO after initially wowing Auckland crowds in 2002. Since their last visit they have released two critically acclaimed albums in Elephant and this year's release Get Behind Me Satan.

Scottish band Franz Ferdinand played on the back of their second album You Could Have It So Much Better.

Iggy and the Stooges are recognised rock royalty. Their dangerous and grimy catalogue from the 1960s and 1970s was the blueprint for many punk rock, garage rock and metal bands that followed. After 30 years apart The Stooges reformed in 2003 to contribute to Iggy's album Skull Ring and to play a string of rapturously received shows.

The Kings of Leon contributed a little southern US charm to the 2006 event. Described as a "band with a rock show good enough to break and shake your heart" it was their second BDO appearance after gracing the stage in 2004.

New Zealand Music award nominees Fat Freddy's Drop were among the New Zealand acts to play to the stadium crowds. The hardworking Wellington band made NZ music history last year with the first independently distributed album to hit number one on the New Zealand charts.

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